Kenyan police recover firearms from seized Norwegian ship
22 September 2015, 21:35
Mombasa - Kenya's security
agencies on Monday recovered firearms from a Norwegian ship that was seized
last week for allegedly trafficking drugs and firearms.
The multi-agency team inspecting the vehicle carrier, Hoegh
Transporter, which came from Mumbai, India, stumbled upon the assorted weapons
stashed in tyres of fighting wagons that were on a ship.
"The weapons including long range guns were hidden in
the tyres and covered with thick polythene papers. They have been handed to the
government agents for further investigation," said a senior security
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The police officer, who did not want to be named, said the
team also recovered a white powder suspected to be high-grade cocaine in the
Hoegh Autoliners, the Norwegian company which owns the
vessel, said its crew, their local agent in Kenya and local African operations
team, are cooperating fully with Kenyan authorities, according to a statement
on its website.
The ship docked at the port last Thursday night, and is
loaded with vehicles and some containers which the authorities suspected to
have drugs and firearms.
Coastal regional police commander Francis Wanjohi said
multi-agency team has completed inspecting the vehicles and parts of the ship.
He said few remaining cars at lower deck of the ship will be cleared late
Monday before the report is made public.
The regional police commander said government has
intensified patrols along the coastal line. Enditem